Kay Boswell – Solicitor
Kay Boswell qualified in 1982. She is the founder of the firm, which was established as a general practice in 1989, Kay having experience of different types of law including Family, Conveyancing, Crime and Wills. She has maintained an interest in those types of work to support other members of the firm.
Kay is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and Family Panel, representing parents, other family members and children where children require to be represented in Care cases or other legal proceedings. Kay also represents parents and other family members in disputes such as Residence or Contact, particularly where there are allegations of domestic violence. This requires a distinct and careful approach before the courts.
Kay also has specialised in defence criminal work.
"Since before becoming a solicitor I have had an interest in domestic violence and abuse work. I have worked with women’s refuges for many years and have advised organisations as to how solicitors work with those suffering domestic violence. I have extensive experience of obtaining injunctions and other emergency court orders”.
Kay was a Legal Services Commission Peer Reviewer and received a score of 1(excellent) in her own file peer reviews.
Peter Lowthian – Solicitor
Peter was locally educated, and obtained an Honours Degree in Law in 1980 from Newcastle University. After experiencing working in large, as well as small firms, in areas as diverse as Newcastle, South Shields, Sunderland and Hartlepool, in 1999 he joined K Boswell & Co to provide the firm with the benefit of the breadth of experience he has in the fields of Family Law, Criminal Defence, Residential Conveyancing and Wills/Probate.
"I am keen to provide to clients the sort of service I would want if I was the one sitting across the desk seeking advice, namely conscientious, approachable and sympathetic."
Alistair Graham – Solicitor
Alistair was educated in Newcastle and has practised in this area since qualifying as a solicitor in 1977. He is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and his specialisation is in Care Proceedings where he acts for both children and parents. He has a wide ranging practice in all areas of family law, is a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer and is able to bring a depth of experience and knowledge to all his work.
Alistair has also considerable experience in criminal defence work, has been an accredited duty solicitor and is able to assist clients both in the police station and in court.
"I see my role as trying to help people achieve the best result possible, in what are usually difficult circumstances for them”.
Bushra Begum – Solicitor
Bushra is the lead solicitor in the Criminal Defence department and has specialised in criminal litigation since qualification in 2011.
She studied at Sunderland University, obtaining a LLB (Hons) degree in Law and obtained her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Northumbria University. She is a qualified duty solicitor and attends police stations and courts throughout the North of England. She is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate and deals exclusively with Criminal defence cases and represents clients in the Youth, Magistrates and Crown court.
Bushra has been instructed in a wide range of criminal investigations and prosecutions, including offences of murder, robbery, large scale drugs and fraud conspiracy and rape. She is also frequently instructed to deal with Road Traffic offences and appreciates the importance of a client retaining their driving licence. She has successfully persuaded Magistrates not to disqualify clients, who have reached 12 points on their licence, as it would cause them ‘exceptional hardship’. She has also successfully argued ‘special reasons’ in numerous cases and persuaded the court not to impose penalty points and again prevent disqualification.
“I really enjoy being in court and get tremendous satisfaction fighting for my client. I know that being investigated by the police, or being prosecuted through the courts, can be an extremely daunting experience and I am resolute in providing the very best service for each and every client. It is immensely rewarding to achieve the right and best outcome possible, whether it is to prevent a disqualification from driving or a prison sentence. An understanding approach, robust advice and effective advocacy are key to achieving this”.
Claire Falcus – Solicitor
Claire completed her Law LLB Exempting Degree at Northumbria University in 2012. She completed her training contract in a local high street practice in the areas of family and children law, wills probate and the administration of estates and property law. She qualified as a solicitor in May 2015 and has worked predominately in high street practice ever since.
She has recently joined Kay Boswell and Co in the Family Department and has a very keen interest in cases involving domestic abuse.
“Experiencing a family legal matter can be extremely distressing and I aim to assist clients through that process in a supportive and friendly manner and provide clear advice and assistance at difficult times”.